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  • Spot the signs. Feel alone even as you communicate with people all day? That’s a signal technology is dominating your life.
  • Take baby steps. Try being inaccessible for short spurts to see what happens. The world probably won’t implode.
  • Repeat these four words: “I have a choice.” People who say, “My boss wants me to be reachable after 8 p.m.” are likely exaggerating the control others have over them.
  • Set limits. Rein in office e-mail and instant message traffic. Who truly needs 35 daily FYIs on the Henderson case?…
  • Give clear instructions. Try an e-mail signature that reads “I answer e-mail at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. If you need a quicker response, please call.”
  • Make a task list. If you’re interrupted, you’ll get back to work faster if you have one.
  • Stick to a schedule. Handle recreational Web surfing and e-mail at set times. Dipping in and out is classic self-interruption.
aug 8 2018 ∞
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user picture vagabond: This is fantastic. aug 9 2018